England Women onto the knockouts

England Women onto the knockouts

England Women are now looking to finally book a ticket in the knockout stage by winning against China Women, who are aiming for the same thing. While England is on top with six points, China is at the third with just three points. Looking at the group standings, England are not yet secured of their spots in the knockout stage. In fact, if they lose in this match, it will be tougher for them to qualify, as they will rely on the other game’s result. As for China, they can no longer afford to lose here as it will end their chances for the next round. Furthermore, this is already the sixth meeting between England and China, and China has more wins, winning thrice. The meeting between these two teams is on August 1, 2023, at 7:00 PM (GMT+8).

England Women

Women's World Cup: England Women
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England opened their campaign in the contest by winning against Haiti in a 1-0 score line. That win gave them the confidence that they can dominate their group stage, which is what really happened. They were able to defeat Denmark on their second group stage match, which gave them an additional three points. It was a 1-0 score line as well, courtesy of Lauren James, increasing her country’s chances for the next round. They are now with six points, dominating their group stage, but it is not enough to make them qualify for the next round. Moreover, England needs to win this game to book a qualification in the next round. A single point would guarantee England a top spot finish, and a qualification for the knockout stage.

Walsh remains to be a doubt in this match following an issue she sustained, but she is expected to be replaced by Laura Coombs. Moreover, James is set to retain her spot in the front three along with Chloe Kelly, and Alessia Russo.

China Women

Women's World Cup: England Women
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China on the other hand is a team who remains hopeful of their chances in the next round by winning this match. They did not open their campaign well as they suffered a 1-0 loss against Denmark, via a late winner. Fortunately, they were able to bounce back from that loss and earned a 1-0 win against Haiti. It was a second-half penalty kick from Wang Shuang that helped them earn three points. Coming into this match, China needs to get all the maximum points here to guarantee a spot in the next round. Although a draw could suffice them, it is still not guaranteed qualification for them. What could give China the confidence here is the fact that they are the dominating side when it comes to their previous meetings. From their previous five games, China were able to win three, which may work for their advantage.

Unfortunately for China, they will be without Zhang Rui coming into this match, as she will serve a one-match suspension. Due to this, Zhang Zin might replace her in the midfield along with Lingwei Yao, and Lina Yang.

Prediction:

England Women (1.5)
Odds: -0.82

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